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Mayor's Budget Faces Scrutiny From D.C. Residents

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Business leaders spoke out against Gray's proposed tax hikes, declaring the budget unfair to small businesses.

Advocates for safety-net services painted a bleak picture of homeless people returning to live on the streets because of funding cuts to shelters.

And representatives from area theater groups were out in force to oppose the so-called "ticket tax".

It was a day for anyone with a stake in the game -- that is, the city's $11 billion budget -- to come out before the council and the media to make his or her case.

The big fight remains over Gray's proposed tax increase on households earning $200,000 or more. A recent poll sponsored by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute found a majority of District residents would support an income tax increase to preserve public services.

But the tax hike has met resistance on the council. It looks like six council members, including the council chairman, are ready to scrap the tax hike as it is currently written.

But that means they need one more vote to get it done, so expect the real lobbying to take place among the 13 members of the council.

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